Conversation in Wagner Park - Topic Question Chosen by Popular Vote (Host: Yen)

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outside in Wagner Park

Wagner Park · New York, NY

How to find us

4,5 Train to Bowling Green. Look for a BLUE/WHITE checkered tablecloth & YELLOW tablecloth across from Gigino's restaurant in Wagner Park under the arch of the red brick bldg (see photos) by the park's public restrooms & across St from Ritz-Carlton.

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Enjoy a conversation in beautiful Wagner Park overlooking the Statute of Liberty — Greet old friends and meet new ones.

202 philosophical questions to consider:

Previously proposed topic questions by participants. Ideas only. Actual discussion question will be chosen by popular vote. Bring a burning question that is on your mind.

How can we better discern truth?

What is the best moral system?

What should our public schools teach our children?

Is there such thing as a soul-mate?

What happened to the traditional family?

What conventional wisdom is now obsolete?

Is self-interest bad? Is altruism better?


We'll be using Christopher Phillips & Cecilia Chapa Phillips format, from

"How do we decide on a question for discussion? How do we decide on a question for discussion? Ask the participants for questions. Encourage them to propose for Socratic discourse any question that is on their minds. Their questions don't at all have to be traditional ones. Read all the questions aloud to the participants, and then have two votes: The first time around, ask them to vote on any of the questions listed -- meaning they can vote more than once. But ask them to vote only for those questions that leave them feeling the least expert and the most curious and perplexed -- because we've found again and again that those questions that leave you feeling that the ground is shaking a little bit under your feet are those that are most worth interrogating Socratically (whereas, if you vote for a question in which you already think you know "the answer," it will be a very empty exercise). Then, vote a second time, on those two or three questions that were the top vote-getters during the first round. This time, the participants can only vote once (the facilitator does not vote -- if there's a tie, flip a coin to decide the winning question). Chose that question which gets the most votes."